Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Christopher Linquata

This week, I had the opportunity to talk to the awesome Christopher Linquata. Chris displayed his show “Sacred and Profane” along side other artist Mike Kent at the Gatov-West gallery. Chris is currently here at CSULB working on his Masters Fine Arts Degree in representative painting and drawing.

Chris’s painting were quite interesting. They seemed to have all been painted on the beach along with some of his friends. He uses a lot of light brown to represent the beach and rocks but some bright color to contrast himself and his friends from the dark background. Chris has stated that his work is oil on canvas.

Chris has mentioned that he was inspired by early Renaissance artists. He loved their style of art and developed his own connotation to his art. He defined his art as ultimately being snapshots of experiences he has had and capturing the moments onto canvas. He wants people to appreciate the beauty of art.

I appreciate Chris’s message to students and future artists. He wants students to know the gift of art and how we can use it to our advantage to present scenes in our life to other people using our perspective. I also liked the style of art that Chris has created. It reminded me of constructional street art. He clearly put a lot of work and love into his work. Overall, it was a fantastic experience meeting Chris at the galleries. If you want to see or know more about his art, check out his Instagram pageĀ here!

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Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Maccabee Shelley!

This week, I had the pleasure meeting the awesome Maccabee Shelley! His art was displayed at the Gatov-West gallery! Shelley is originally from Los Angeles but decided to move to San Francisco and pursue his degree in studio art at Humboldt State University with a minor in art history. He spent about 3 months abroad in Italy and enjoyed the scenery and learning new languages. He enjoys learning about art in general and hopes to one day start up an art center of his own!

Looking at Shelley’s art, he uses a lot of glass and ceramics. The glass seems to be heated and cooled to give shape to his art. He explained to us that he had to frequently ‘fire them up’ to allow the glass to melt and create the representation of ‘drips’ in his art. Shelley also used ‘found objects’ such as the traffic cone and briefcases seen in some of the pictures. Shelley also is environmentally friendly where he recycles objects people would throw out and makes really fantastic pieces of art out of them!

The idea behind Shelley’s work is that he wishes to create objects that we may see in our room during the night. Sometimes when we are lying in our bed at night, our eyes tend to create objects and piece together an illusion of what we may be seeing. Shelley wants to create those objects. He wants to display those things we see at night that we don’t have a perfect understanding of.

I thoroughly enjoyed Shelley’s pieces of art. I thought they were very creative and intriguing in not only his style of art but his idea of hidden objects in the dark. I had a really awesome time chatting with Maccabee Shelley and if you want to know more about him, check out his website here!

Wk7 – Artist Conversation – Jane Margarette Weibel

This week, I had a very pleasant experience meeting the amazing Jane Weibel. She presented her show at the Gatov-West gallery titled ‘The Extraordinarily Difficult and Impossible Tasks of: Recounting Fading and Altered Memories and Stabilizing Shifting Time”.

As soon as the gallery opened, my attention was immediately fixed upon the various amounts of childhood memorabilia. It was filled with swing sets, little clothing, a even a 2D house! The works of art are primarily ceramics with emphasis on clay. Walking around the gallery was interesting as you felt a sense of immersion. It was as if you were actually walking through each of Jane’s different memories. The brightness of not only the room but the vivid colors Jane use help to emphasize the highlights of each individual memory.

Jane was inspired to create this art show when she found old photos of her sledding in the snow with her mother. She was intrigued when she heard that our brains can alter or rewrite how we remember our memories each time we think of them. She became anxious because she’s built her whole life around these memories and it would be extremely dreadful to find that what you are remembering isn’t what actually happened.

I absolutely loved Jane’s ideas on the fading and shifting of memories because it is something I have never extensively thought about. It’s pretty scary to think that we aren’t possibly remembering some of our memories correctly. We shape ourselves based on past experiences. Our childhood memories make us into what we are today. I, similar to Jane, hope that all my memories are really what occurred all those years ago.

It was really awesome and a pleasure meeting Jane this week! If you want to see more of her work, head over to her Instagram page here!